While binge-watching seems to be the go-to activity in lockdown, many have looked to books for comfort and distraction. As part of our new series, we asked actors and creators about their favourite books and what they're reading. This week, following the release of Hotstar's Aarya, we asked Sushmita Sen to recommend her favourite book.
"The Secret is the easiest book to read, which, especially at this time, will put things into perspective. Read it to understand that the law of attraction works, and this is the time to attract the right things. The more you keep thinking about everything going wrong, the more wrong that will come. In times like these if you believe in the positivity of things getting better, you will attract better. So read 'The Secret' if you haven't and even if you have, read it again."
And here's what Team Film Companion recommends:
At first glance is a paradox. It's not little by any means (a 32 hour audio book), and is about four lives really, of friends who meet at college, and grow old together. In some sense it is about what time does to you, death and disease, love and longing. It's a book that will ultimately leave you gutted, but with a love for life, conjuring a gentleness to live it with. – Prathyush Parusaraman
A film-by-film chronicling that includes reviews, old and revised, along with interviews and other pieces, it goes into the heart of one of the great director-critic relationships in cinema. A treat for those who are fans of both. – Sankhayan Ghosh
I've always wondered how cool Mindy Kaling's life must be. She was a writer on my favourite TV show The Office. Later she starred, wrote and acted in her own show. Her book Why Not Me? tells you how she has achieved all of this. You realise the hard work behind everything she's accomplished is staggering. The tone of the book may be light, frothy and conversational, but there's lots you can learn from it. – Mohini Chaudhuri